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TornUpPlushie
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« on: August 15, 2008 06:00:17 PM »

First off, I wanted to get into the Gothic & Lolita fashion. Ever since I read about it and saw the clothing, I fell in love with it completely (Pfft, who wouldn't like this awesome fashion?).

Anyway, I went to this thrift shop a couple of days back and bought this dress:

Front


Back


(Btw, sorry for the crappy pictures, I suck at taking photo's xP)

I was thinking that with a little changing of things, it could become into a Sweet Lolita JSK or something.

Ok, that's great and all, but here's my problem. I have little to no sewing experience in making or reconstructing dresses (I've only made tiny pillows and toys, that's all the experience I have). I also have no creativity whatsoever so here's my question.

Can you great Seamstresses and Lolita's out there help me out and tell me what should I change and/or add to this dress in order to make it look 'Lolita'?

Thank you!

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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2008 08:06:09 AM »

Eep! Also I forgot to add, if this post is in the wrong place, can anyone tell me where is the right forum so this post can be moved or deleted?

Thank you

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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2008 06:57:42 AM »

I think the cut on the back is really nice.. maybe you could add white lace.. kinda like this..
and some little buttons or something
and then poof it up with a petticoat (loads of tutorials on here which are relatively simple)

OK.
Well, I'm clearly not feeling very imaginative today xD
it'd be simple though.. I suppose you could use fabric glue?

*Waits around for the great seamstresses and lolitas*
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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2008 07:13:31 AM »

I am neither a seamstress nor a lolita. But I like both. Grin

I like the above poster's ideas. I'd say, too, to make sure the skirt is full enough to accomodate a petticoat. If it's not, you might try ruching up the front/sides so the petticoat shows underneath. I'd show you how to do this is my photo program was behaving. Smiley I like ribbon ruching; it's adjustable and easy.

Otherwise, go with your strengths. Can you embroider, at all? Or make things from felt? I've seen some very very cute appliques on lolita clothing. I think BTSSB did a dress with cutlery and a cupcake appliqued on it. Loved it. Cheesy

There's a good J-Fashion community on Livejournal. I think it's called "J Fashion Crafts." PM me if you like and I'll dig up the address.
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« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2008 11:09:20 AM »

@ elucidation:

Oh! I love that idea! But on the back of the dress, where you drew the buttons there, there's a zipper (Yeah, you can barely see it, that's cause I left the flash on my camera >.<''). You think putting buttons in the front of the dress would look good too?
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« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2008 03:44:35 PM »

Hi.  I spotted the reconstruction question.  I wondered if I might put my 2 cents in.



This I did on my photoshop to show the backside with corset insert.  You would probably need to place some darts in to snug the dress to your body.



This could be the frontside.  Notice that the bottom section of the dress is removed, making it short and sassy.  Again, you would have to dart it on the waistline, and the bust as well as the top.  You could use the lace from the bottom that you remove to enhance the top.

What do you think?
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« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2008 03:15:23 AM »

@ elucidation:

Oh! I love that idea! But on the back of the dress, where you drew the buttons there, there's a zipper (Yeah, you can barely see it, that's cause I left the flash on my camera >.<''). You think putting buttons in the front of the dress would look good too?

I think it would look equally as cute! (:
in fact, if you really wanted it to have the same cut as the back (or any cut for that matter) then you could just take a pair of scissors to it and then hem it..  Cool

I seem to be a bit of a fan of wearing dresses backwards for some reason.. In fact, I'm totally digging the back of Buttermilk's suggestion (but, again, I'd wear that as the front d:) what's wrong with me?!

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« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2008 06:43:30 PM »

Hey I actually thought of it as better to corset the front, but it's all a matter of what you have to work with and it appears the dress could have plenty fabric to do it.
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